Kelley Paul, wife of Sen. Randal H. “Rand” Paul (R.-Ky.), penned an op-ed which was published by CNN on Nov. 22, dispelling rumors that the early November attack on the senator was due to a long-standing “neighborly dispute.”
“The only ‘dispute’ existed solely in the attacker’s troubled mind, until, on a beautiful autumn day, he ran down the hill on our property and slammed his body into Rand’s lower back as he stood facing away, wearing noise-canceling headphones to protect his ears from the lawnmower,” wrote the senator’s wife.
“This was not a ‘scuffle’ a ‘fight’ or an ‘altercation,’ as many in the media falsely describe it. It was a deliberate, blindside attack,” she wrote.
The Kentucky senator suffered six broken ribs, three displaced, a pleural effusion, and pneumonia. Since the attack, he has continuously experienced long and painful coughing fits and difficulty breathing. This has not stopped Paul, who returned to work on Capitol Hill shortly after the attack.
Big League Politics reported on Nov. 9 that Paul’s senior advisor denied any longstanding dispute between Paula and his hard leftist neighbor Dr. Rene Boucher, and asserted that Paul had not spoken with Boucher in many years.
The senator’s wife said it was appalling that the mainstream media ran with the bad neighbor narrative, despite all evidence to the contrary.
It is incredibly hurtful that some news outlets have victimized Rand a second time as he struggles to recover, delighting in hateful headlines like ‘Not A Perfect Neighbor,’ and concocting theories about an ‘ongoing dispute,’ based on nothing more than speculation from an attention-seeking person with no knowledge of anything to do with us.
She said she was particularly upset by the GQ piece which called the senator a troublesome neighbor because of his libertarian property-rights beliefs, alluding that he might have deserved the attack
The mainstream media has been desperate to avoid any suggestion that the attack may have been politically motivated, although Boucher regularly posts on social media anti-Republican musings like, “May Robert Mueller fry Trump’s gonads.”
The reaction to her husband’s attack has not been all bad, the senator’s wife said.
She said she and her family were grateful for the many prayers and messages of good wishes for the senator’s recovery.
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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